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Liverpool's Chinatown after the War

After 1949 few people were able to leave China. For Shanghai men based in Hong Kong or Singapore there would have been few opportunities to travel to England.

Blue Funnel's recruitment after the War was predominantly of Hong Kong Cantonese. Those who settled in Liverpool still married working class girls. Often they were Catholics. As the number of Chinese seamen settling in the city declined, Chinatown began again its steady journey to oblivion and in the 1980s Holts move out of shipping. No more lone sailors arrived.

From the late 1950s people from Hong Kong's New Territories came to Liverpool; they brought their wives and children with them. The old mixed race Chinatown faded away and the Liverpool Chinese community became more Chinese than it ever previously had been.


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